About me, there is no us. Its Playoff Hockey!
Depending on where you live hockey fans can be a rare breed. It started with me when I learned how to skate on hockey skates in 1969 on Lake Ontario in first grade living in Ajax Canada. When my family moved back to the states, I continued skating but never played organized hockey. The rinks were far away, but I always found time to play backyard hockey on lakes and on ponds in the parks. We would play hockey all day and then just skate all night.
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I lived in Ohio and we lost our pro hockey team, The Cleveland Crusaders, but before they left my Dad and I caught some games. I remember sitting on the corner boards with Dad. Back then they only had a net instead of glass in the corners. I remember the players hitting the corner and ice flying in my face, it was great! It was also where the players entered and exited the ice making it seem surreal watching the players up-close.
During this time the only way I could watch Professional Hockey was getting the games on WOR-TV from New York. They were the official station of the New York Islanders and broadcast to Ohio. As luck would have it this was the era the Islanders dominated the NHL and won 4 Stanley Cups (1979-1983). I loved watching those guys play, they were some of the best ever.
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Denis Potvin was the captain of the Islanders, and I was lucky enough to know his second cousin Marc Potvin who played in the American Hockey League and the NHL. Marc’s team won the Calder Cup, as luck would have it, Marc had the cup at his house and I had the most unique opportunity to drink a beer out of the cup. Practically poured half the beer down the front of my shirt, but I loved it and I will never forget it!
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I moved to Florida in 1998 where I began playing organized roller hockey. Had some great years playing roller hockey, which doesn’t compare to ice, but it was all we had. Even played outdoors 98 degrees with full hockey equipment, crazy. All of us would go to watch the Florida Panthers in Ft. Lauderdale and we had even more great times, I eventually got season tickets. I saw my first-ever playoff series, the Panthers lost to the Devils in a game seven shootout, the Florida crowd never sat down the entire game. Great memories!
While in Florida I went to night school and got my degree as a webmaster. I’ve been a web developer now for over 23 years and this brings me to why I started itsplayoffhockey.com.
The domain name came to my buddy and me while of course watching playoff hockey. They would ask the players during interviews, why are you guys more intense, hitting harder, playing quicker, their answer was always, “It’s Playoff Hockey”. We said what a great domain name, that was 10 years ago.
I wanted to get my hockey news on one website, not have to go to so many different sites. I don’t have time to write all this content either, so I pull content from all the major hockey news outlets into one site, itplayoffhockey.com.
I built the site, I do all the graphics, I manage all the digital marketing, along with that I manage all the applications that produce the site and its content. I also must pay for the live scores and schedules the site pulls in.</.p>
The only real way I can afford to do all this is to display advertising on my site. The only way I get paid is if my users click on the ads. About .01 cents per click. I get paid even more if you click on an ad and buy something! It’s a tough side hustle but I’m doing this because I know how, and I love doing it.
So, if you enjoy the site, click on some ads to help me out, otherwise just enjoy yourself and read the articles, save itsplayoffhockey.com to your favorites or share some posts on your social apps and with friends. We are a rare breed, and we love it because we get it, hockey is one of the greatest sports. Its Playoff Hockey, it’s on another level!!
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